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Off-duty officer shoots armed teen suspect after robbery

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (AP) — Police say an off-duty officer shot and wounded a 17-year-old suspect who pointed a gun at him after a robbery at a southwestern Ohio gas station. Investigators say the Miami Township officer saw the teen pointing a gun at cars Monday afternoon in an apparent ...

Seattle Seahawks’ Frank Clark loses father in house fire

CLEVELAND (AP) — Seattle Seahawks player Frank Clark has confirmed his father and three other family members have died in a Cleveland house fire. Clark wrote in a tweet posted Sunday evening that his father, 44-year-old Frank Clark III, died in the fire in the city's East Side on Jan. ...

Cause of death undetermined for boy buried in his backyard

CLEVELAND (AP) — A medical examiner hasn't been able to determine what caused the death of a 5-year-old boy who was found buried in the backyard of his Cleveland home. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday that the death of Jordan Rodriguez has been ruled ...

In drug crisis hotbed, hoping for action on Trump’s words

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — President Donald Trump heads to Ohio on Monday to make Cincinnati-area stops focusing on the new tax overhaul — though some in a state with one of the nation's highest overdose rates would rather hear more about his plans for the drug ...

Most suspended Ohio State fraternities resume recruitment

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly all the Ohio State University fraternities whose activities were suspended in November, most for hazing and alcohol, have been cleared to resume recruitment events and, in many cases, social events. The university suspended ...

Human trafficking investigations rise in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Human trafficking investigations in Ohio rose last year to its highest level since the state started keeping track of such numbers. The state's attorney general's Human Trafficking Commission issued a report last week that showed authorities investigated 202 human ...

Ohio awards $1M contract to company for marijuana help line

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has issued a $1 million contract to a New Jersey company to operate a toll-free help line for medical marijuana patients, caregivers and physicians. Cleveland.com reports the help line will be operated by Extra Step Assurance from a call center in Bellefontaine ...

Ohio juror voted for death 20 years ago, now seeks mercy

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ross Geiger had doubts about recommending a death sentence 20 years ago for a convicted Ohio killer, concerned about the impact of the offender's tough childhood on his behavior. But ultimately, Geiger voted in favor of death ...

Ohio convention center to add restaurant built in old plane

CLEVELAND (AP) — A convention center in Cleveland says it's turning a Cold War-era aircraft into a stationary restaurant in a bid to attract more visitors with a distinctive dining experience. The Plain Dealer reports the Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter used for mid-flight refueling had been ...

States join battle to protect Great Lakes from Asian carp

By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An interstate partnership has been established to help cover costs of operating a system proposed for a Chicago-area waterway that would help keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said ...

Governor wants money for rural Ohio community centers

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday he wants to provide state money for community centers in rural areas where people struggling with issues such as Ohio's opioid crisis. The Republican governor said he'll ask for the money in his ...

Threat, swastika on wall spur extra security at Ohio school

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — A message on a high school bathroom wall that included a swastika and the phrase "kill them all" has prompted a police investigation and heightened security throughout a northeastern Ohio district. The threat mentioning Thursday's date was found after school on Tuesday ...

Airport police officer on leave after gun found in bag

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An airport police officer has been placed on leave for trying to pass through security at the Columbus airport with a loaded gun in his bag. Lt. Scott Bekemeier is an officer with the Columbus Regional Airport Authority police department. Officials say he was off-duty ...

Man accused in terror plot asked for deportation over prison

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of plotting an attack on a federal medical facility in Texas asked a judge in December to deport him instead of sending him to prison, saying he didn't deserve to spend time behind bars, records show. Abdirahman ...

Competing redistricting plans emerge in Ohio

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A pair of competing proposals aimed at changing Ohio's rules for congressional map-making could appear on separate statewide ballots later this year. The dueling proposals come amid national concern that current ...

Crews to put up fencing where sandbag killed man in car

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Crews will begin putting up temporary fencing at an overpass in Ohio where a Michigan man was killed when a teenager tossed a sandbag onto the freeway. Ohio's Department of Transportation announced earlier this month that it now will require fencing at some overpass ...

4-year-old killed, 6-year-old injured in interstate crash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 4-year-old boy was killed and a 6-year-old was critically injured when their vehicle was rear-ended while stopped in heavy traffic on an Ohio interstate. Police say the boys were in the backseat of a van and were not wearing seat belts when the crash happened Sunday ...

Sheriff’s office: Gun used to shoot deputy is found in pond

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say the gun used in a shooting that wounded a southwestern Ohio sheriff's deputy has been found more than a year and a half later. WCPO-TV reports that the rifle was recovered from a pond in Deerfield Township, about 20 miles northeast of downtown ...

Lawyers say condemned killer early victim of opioid epidemic

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich should consider his fight against the state's deadly opioid epidemic when deciding whether to spare a condemned killer whose life spiraled out of control after becoming addicted to painkillers, say ...

Western Ohio wind farm to be sold to German company

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A German energy company is in talks to purchase a planned wind farm in western Ohio's Champaign County despite mounting opposition. The Springfield Sun News reports Everpower spokesman Jason Dagger confirmed the company is negotiating a sale of the Buckeye Wind ...